Regional Building Department Launches Top 5 Series
Pikes Peak Regional Building Department’s (RBD) launched a new series on social media that looks at the Top 5 Mistakes different departments and divisions run into. The series will include information via video, pictures or simply a list of information on everything from licensing and permitting, to plan review, and all the inspections out in the field – Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical.
RBD plans to post every Monday on the RBD Facebook page.
The direct link to their Facebook page is here, or on their website. See Detail
City of Colorado Springs Draft Stormwater Criteria Updates
The Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise has released the attached significant changes to the Stormwater Construction Manual (SCM) and the Drainage Criteria Manual (DCM) for your review and comment. The Stormwater Construction Manual is a consolidation of the 2014 DCM, ECM, and Insurance Reference Guide.
Unlawful Temporary Water Connections
Colorado Springs’ Backflow Prevention Team has become aware of building contractors connecting to the finished water system with no permitted meter and no approved backflow prevention assembly. These unlawful temporary water connections could potentially create a contamination hazard through an unprotected cross-connection. In January 2016, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment the modified “Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control Rule” (“Rule 11.39”). Primary requirements under Rule 11.39 state that “The supplier is prohibited from installing or permitting any uncontrolled cross-connection to the distribution system or within the supplier’s waterworks.”
These unpermitted connections are considered uncontrolled cross-connections that could potentially containment the finished water distribution system and therefore are a violation of Colorado Springs City Code §§12.4.1213.E. Pursuant to this code provision, Colorado Springs Utilities may issue an emergency suspension order and can assess up to $1000.00 per event per day when these violations occur.
Apply for a temporary water service permit.
2015 Waters of the US Repealed
In a positive development to resolve years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends, the Environmental Protection Agency rescinded the Obama-era "waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) rule.
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